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August 16, 2004
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents July Award Of Excellence

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for July to Wesley Nelson of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. The award was presented at the beginning of today’s City Council meeting.

Nelson was nominated in the category of productivity by Roger Tiedeman, a labor supervisor II in the Street Maintenance Operations Division. Nelson is a labor supervisor I and has worked for the City for nearly 34 years. He was nominated for his work last winter when Lincoln received large amounts of snow and ice. Tiedeman said Nelson would arrive early to help the morning shift supervisor coordinate and finalize the overnight activity. Nelson spent many hours with contractors, insuring that they were accountable for their portion of snow removal activity. During his weekends off, Nelson came to work to stack and spray salt, and he did not charge any of this time to any activity card.

“Wes has always worked above and beyond any normal part of his job description, with emphasis on safety for himself and his men,” wrote Tiedeman.

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and valor. All City employees are eligible for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program.

All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor’s Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.

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